Ahmedabad, Dec 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a jibe at the Congress party on its claim of winning the Gujarat elections, referring to the “big hullabaloo” about Cyclone Ockhi that was set to hit the state in a big way, but did not.
Disregarding the ‘Ockhi’ alert and continuing his scheduled programme of three days’ campaigning, the Prime Minister was here in Dhandhuka, a southern part of Ahmedabad district. Once again he began his speech mentioning the Congress, after reminiscing on his relationship with the place.
Mentioning the alerts about Cyclone Ockhi, he said, “Whatever that makes a big hullabaloo and is said that it is coming, never does”, hinting at the Congress, which has been campaigning in the state and claiming it is going to win the elections. The Cyclone was on Tuesday headed towards Gujarat but on Wednesday it weakened while over the Arabian Sea, sparing the poll-bound state. The Dhandhuka crowd, many of them comprising children who were made to sit in chairs in order to show a packed crowd, was totally unresponsive to any of Modi’s interactive questions. Some were even seen laughing. Modi’s style of questioning the audience and then getting affirmative answers from them, did not seem to be working on them.
Addressing the crowd, Modi said, “We think that the Congress meted out injustice to Sardar Patel, but let me tell you, he was not the only one. Their one family which rules meted out injustice to the maker of the Constitution, Bhimrao Ambedkar and all those who were getting significance in politics. Ambedkar had to go all the way to Bengal to fetch a membership in the constitutional body elections. Congress could not even afford to honour him with the Bharat Ratna. Baba Saheb was never remembered during the entire Congress regime in central government.” (IANS)